After eight years of hard work, Peter Chartrand has stepped down from his post as US Director of Potters for Peace and we are happy to welcome Abby Silver, a potter from Boulder, Colorado, to the position.
Abby was a production potter for many years and now works on large public art pieces. She has travelled extensively and has worked as both an employee and a volunteer with several community organizations. She is also a long-time supporter of Potters for Peace. We are confident that her skills and energy will be valuable assets for our organization.
Peter Chartrand will continue his filter work with Potters for Peace but please direct all inquiries, both about filters and on other matters, to firstname.lastname@example.org and Abby will send them on to the appropriate Potters for Peace people.
At this time we would like to thank Peter for his hard work and dedication as the US “point person” for Potters for Peace and we look forward to working with him in future Ceramic Water Filter projects. Peter will remain a vibrant part of PfP in our filter program.
Abby’s full contact information is:
Potters for Peace
PO Box 2214
Boulder CO 80306
Filtron, the filter factory in Jinotepe, Nicaragua, has launched a new, bilingual, website that has some great photos and some useful information, including a 17-page manual on the use and maintenance of a ceramic water filter. Check it out at www.filtronnica.com.
Our October newsletter is stuffed with photos and interesting articles and a PDF version is available online. Inside you’ll find:
- Descriptions and photos of Nicaraguan workshop
- A message from Bev Pillers, Board Chair
- Updates and photos of our Water Filter Program
Click to download it.
Bruno Sanga explains the manufacturing process
The Tanzanian NGO known as MSABI ( Maji Safi Kwa Afya Bora or Safe Water for Better Health) is pleased to announce that their water filter project was honoured at the 2012 National Uhuru Torch run, which celebrates freedom and light. The torch event was held in Ifakara at the Jongo Primary School on Sunday the 15th of July. MSABI received significant attention, and a large crowd arrived as MSABI office manager Hija Choya provided a project history and a general overview of MSABI activities. This was followed by our pottery manager, Mr Bruno Sanga, who explained the manufacturing process. Government officials were impressed with the filter pot and the quality of filtered water. MSABI ran out of pamphlets, and received dozens of requests for filter purchases. The Tembo Filter will sell for TZS17,000 (AUD $10.75) and includes a tap, cleaning brush and instruction sheet.
The filter fits into a standard 20L water collection bucket, and there is also a special 30L bucket that can be purchased separately. The women’s pottery group has also produced a prototype clay receptacle which will store around 50L and sell for around TZS10,000 (AUD $6.25). We already have an inventory of 250 pots ready for release and expect to have between 400-500 ready for August 8th (“nane nane”) an important public holiday for Tanzanians. The facility will have capacity to manufacture 250-300 filters each month. Distribution will be through local retailers who will purchase wholesale (TZS13,000) from the pottery factory. Filters will also be sold direct to the public from the filter factory at the retail price (TZS17,000). We are busy preparing marketing materials and are excited to finally (after 3 long years) releasing our local product for the benefit of the local community.
MSABI is a medium- sized NGO that works in rural Tanzania on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects.
This October Potters for Peace members Robert Pillers, Reynaldo Diaz and Kaira Wagoner will give a poster presentation at the 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation. This is the second year that Potters for Peace has participated in the North Carolina-based conference. In 2011, the conference pulled in water and sanitation experts from over 30 countries. An even bigger turnout is expected this year, with keynote speakers such as Bai Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of the African Ministers Council on Water, and Tessie San Martin, CEO and Director of Plan International USA. To learn more about the conference go to http://whconference.unc.edu/.
International Development Enterprises – Cambodia http://www.ideorg.org/ is the 2010 winner of the Nestle Prize in Creating Shared Value. The Prize is awarded to an individual, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or a business for developing an innovation that:
- has proven its worth on a small-scale;
- is judged feasible and applicable on a broader scale or in other communities;
- is built on a sound and sustainable business model; and
- has high promise of improving the lives of farmers and rural communities, delivering high nutritional value to populations suffering from nutritional deficits, or improving access to and management of water.
Potters for Peace filter consultants Ron Rivera and Manny Hernandez worked with IDE on the setup of their original Cambodian ceramic water filter facility.
The PFP annual meeting of staff and board of directors took place in late November 2011 at the home of Doug Hanson in Mount Vernon, Iowa.